An own goal in the 5th minute of added time denied Northampton Town a third win in a row as they drew 2-2 with Crawley.

Keith Curle’s side had move 2-0 up courtesy of a Chris Lines penalty and a Shaun McWilliams goal. Lines also missed a second Northampton penalty in between the two home goals.

Ashley Nathaniel-George pulled a goal back for Crawley as the game moved into the final 20 minutes of normal time.

It looked as though Northampton were set to hold out to make it three straight wins until Josh Doherty’s effort deflected in off Joe Martin to hand the visitors a point.

Northampton took the lead in the early stages. After Charlie Goode and Martin had efforts blocked, the referee saw an infringement against Goode and pointed to the penalty spot. Lines duly finished for his first Northampton goal.

A lively game saw Crawley’s Bez Lubala thwarted by a defensive clearance from Goode, and Reece Grego-Cox also denied, while Northampton’s Sam Hoskins also came close.

Northampton were given a second penalty after Michael Harriman was fouled, but Lines missed the chance to score again when he was saved by Glenn Morris.

However Morris would then be beaten a second time, as McWilliams volleyed home Hoskins’ cross to score his first Cobblers goal.

Crawley would then grab a goal back a few minutes late, when substitute Nathaniel-George cut inside and struck home.

An open game saw both sides create and spurn chances as the match moved into the final stages. But Northampton look to have rode it out until Crawley equalised in the final moments, when Doherty’s shot found the back of the net via a decisive touch off Martin.